YouthPower Support Staff
City: Saint Paul, MN
Salary: $38,000-$41,000 annualized, paid bi-weekly. Not benefits eligible.
The Support Staff for YouthPower is responsible for youth supervision, logistics, restorative practices, and creating the conditions for individual and collective youth well-being.
The session runs from September 2, 2019 – June 9, 2020. Some program reporting and other requirements may need to be completed after the session, so the duration of the position may be extended through the end of the session.
YouthPower is a youth-led organizing and advocacy hub. Eligible participants for the Summer Session are Black Youth ages 13-19 who are current or previous participants in St. Paul Youth Services’ Behavior Intervention and Pre-Charge Diversion programs. Eligible, interested youth complete an application and interview process. The application is focused on leadership, goals, skills, hopes, and dreams. Youth participants earn stipends for their full participation.
A Lead Staff will co-lead the design and implementation of the Summer Session with experienced youth leaders from previous YouthPower sessions in a youth “train-the-trainer” model. The Support Staff assists the Lead Staff and youth co-facilitators in delivering on the curriculum, working under the Lead Staff’s direction, but primarily responsible for taking initiative to achieve the following:
The Support Staff constructively reinforces expectations and provides high support (aligned with the Code of Conduct) to Create the Conditions for Youth Success. These include responsibility for meeting program expectations, assessments, restorative practices, and more per the Code of Conduct.
The Support Staff is responsible for:
Ensuring youth consistently adhere to the Code of Conduct without discussion, negotiation, or reminders
Ensuring youth are fully participating in all activities
Partnering with youth to develop silent signals and prompts, and utilizing other approaches to reinforce expectations throughout the Fall session as youth are still adjusting to the Code of Conduct,
Promoting a strong, safer, supportive community and reinforcing youth in demonstrating individual and interpersonal behaviors to create it
Intervening with restorative practices immediately when youth do not follow the Code of Conduct and determining, communicating, and following through on next steps regarding consequences
Monitoring youth wellbeing and proactively and discreetly engaging youth who are demonstrating concerning behaviors (negative, disruptive, or worrisome)
Monitoring group dynamics, intervening constructively and immediately when negative individual or interpersonal behaviors occur, documenting concerns and sharing them with the Support Staff’s supervisor (and sharing them with the YouthPower team if/when appropriate)
Documenting any issues with Code of Conduct, concerns about youth, or behavioral issues and sharing concerns and any restorative practices or consequences in places with the Support Staff’s supervisor and with YouthPower team if/when appropriate
Serving as the liaison to families regarding youth participation in the program, regarding youth leadership, program activities, and the Code of Conduct and any consequences or restorative practices put into place if issues arise
Partnering with youth to ensure the YouthPower hub and common areas are clean and well-maintained
Serving as the individual for youth to notify of excused absences or tardiness
Serving as the individual youth engage after an unexcused absence to determine any needed restorative practices or consequences
Serving as the individual, youth engage to learn of and complete any catch-up work: e.g., completing a timesheet/assessment, independently completing an activity to be able to contribute to the group project, etc.
Managing the group text in terms of monitoring and responding to general questions about schedule, transportation, and excused absences
Proactively engaging youth offline when issues arise on the group text that relate to a specific individual and immediately alerting the Support Staff’s supervisor (and alerting the YouthPower team if/when appropriate)
Monitoring the completion of weekly timesheets and initials all completed timesheets to attest to their accuracy
Monitoring the completion of weekly assessments, ensuring youth are completing them in a thoughtful way that meets the assessment goals
Completing detailed documentation of activities completed
Contributing to individualized youth plans by communicating with the Lead Staff in writing any observations, strengths, interests, concerns, or insights, restorative practices identified through interactions with youth and/or their families
Adhering to all protocol for youth safety and privacy
Recruiting youth volunteers for rotating positions including hub inspection, photography/videography, etc., providing support as needed to ensure high expectations can be met, ensuring those responsibilities are completed
Serving as the point person for youth transportation needs and questions
Serving as the point person for youth t-shirts (reinforcing expectations, handing out, renting when youth forget, tracking times t-shirt is forgotten)
Completing the head count on field trips and coordinating the logistics of the bus trips – getting youth on and off, time management, etc.
Leading snack and clean up times, for constructive team-building and to ensure youth are consistently meeting expectations, and efficiency
Serving as a trusted mentor to youth in the program
Qualifications or requirements
PROFESSIONAL / EDUCATIONAL & RELATED REQUIREMENTS
4 years of experience working directly with Black Youth in a classroom or community setting
Completion of St. Paul Youth Services’ YouthCentric training
Demonstration of ALL of St. Paul Youth Services’ values
Demonstrated expertise in areas such as youth development, mentoring, human relations, wellness, restorative justice, the arts, education, and/or recreation
Familiarity with public systems including education, health, housing, juvenile justice, employment, economic development, and how these systems intersect
Understanding of trauma-informed care, culturally-responsive healing, racism and other systems of power and oppression – relating specifically to Black Youth
High School Diploma or Equivalency
BA degree, or some college in a relevant field, is preferred but not required
CPR or First Aid training and certification is preferred
Must have current driver’s license, clean driving record, and proof of insurance
Must successfully complete the pre-employment process for the position, including a job-relevant criminal background check
Must have the flexibility to travel overnight
How to apply
Direct resumes and cover letters, including descriptions of relevant past projects, to email@example.com with “Support Staff 2019-2020” in the subject line. Applications only – no calls or inquiries please.